Tuesday, September 22, 2020

LA Chinatown: A Photo Odyssey

I had not visited LA Chinatown since I was a shy 17-year-old in 2005. My memories of LA Chinatown were pretty bland. Chow mien and cheap souvenirs. 

But now I'm married to a Chinese person and on our 2018 trip to LA we explored Chinatown in the rain and I found ti quite changed. Some of it was sad: neglected buildings and empty storefronts, and some of it was gentrified: the 2-hour long line for Howlin Ray's fried chicken and Endorphin Coffee located in an old strip mall.  China town is a weird juxtaposition of old and new. 

I got to give credit where it is due: my partner was holding the camera most of the time, but I curated this photo collection. 

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